Touched​!​!​! By The Invisible Hand

by John The Rabbit

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about

I was supposed to be working on something else. While fixing a technical problem with a microphone for a collaborater, I needed to sing into it, and I started singing the lyrics to what would become the song "Moneyweak." I coudn't get it out of my head, so i decided I was set up to record, and I may as well sing everything that was coming to mind. Songs were soon pouring out me and it wasn't long before I realized I was writing a new album. I'd been listening to some movie soundtracks and I liked how regular pop and rock songs were interspersed with instrumentals, and I decided to make a soundtrack to living under late market capitalism. I know a lot of people struggling to make ends meet, struggling to deal with the emotional, social and financial traumas authored to serve capitalism and I wanted to explore those struggles, fears, doubts and even the sometime-joys.
I've also been listening to the music of a lot of outsider and experimental musicians, from early Brian Eno to 1980s Tom Waits, and to composers pushing the envelope of what counts as music at all, like LaMonte Young and Harry Partch. This music sounds like none of them, but I was thinking of them and their approaches when I was composing and producing. Can I make a song about the end of everything with an out of tune guitar? Can I make the track with my singing clip on purpose?
Mostly, though I wanted to make the album I'd like to hear, one that doesn't exist but I need. Maybe someone else needs to hear these songs too. Maybe that someone is you.

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released February 19, 2019

All instruments and singing: John the Rabbit

Engineered, mixed and mastered by John the Rabbit

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John The Rabbit is the nom du guerre of poet, programmer and musician John Paul Davis.

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Track Name: Whatever It Is
nothing between it & me
whatever it is
whatever you call it

it is sand on my chapped lips
whatever it is
whatever you call it

its tide troubles my dark shores
whatever it is
whatever you call it

its is safe as shattered glass
whatever it is
whatever you call it

roll on river, roll on
raise your wet hands
scroll on, skywheel, scroll on
disrupt our plans

& I know this isn't gonna get easier
no no no this isn't gonna get easier

bigger than my mind can hold
whatever it is
whatever you call it

as if my life had not been
whatever it is
whatever you call it

drive on, moonlight drive on
unveil the stars
turn round planet, turn round
show who we are

& I know this isn't gonna get easier
no no no this isn't gonna get easier

as if my heart & blood
meant nothing
as if my words & songs
unravelled
sometimes I face you
you are the dark
sometimes there's no fire
only a spark

& I know this isn't gonna get easier
no no no this isn't gonna get easier

& I know this isn't gonna get easier
no no no this isn't gonna get easier
Track Name: It Ain't Alright
We were up late
talking about the end of time
& you held me
sleepy with my mind on fire

had a bad dream
we were watching the ship go down
until daybreak
brought the drones buzzarding round

The gunmetal sky
& the devil’s arctic breath
bringing winter back
while the polar ice caps crack

& I felt invisible
in this sweet land of liberty
In the rolling blackout
speaking in tongues or poetry


it ain't alright
just look at the clouds
rattling my teeth
a wrath is coming down


pray for thunder
but not the lightning strike
feels like summer
in the middle of a January night

the market's crooked hand
reaching out to me
my soul gone haywire
like this city on the brink


it ain't alright
just look at the clouds
tremor in my bones
a wrath is coming down


I should be choking
this air's too thick to breathe
here come the angels
to pour it out on me

and I need your touch
though all it'll change is me
might have to be enough
in the last days of history


it ain't alright
just look at the clouds
a boiling in my blood
a wrath is coming down
Track Name: One Day I'll
time ain't my friend
down to bones in the end
even with the way I've been voting
& keeping my mind open

time ain't on my side
sooner or later we all ride
on that grey moonlight train
swallow coal & shovel rain

time ain't gonna stop
the grave won't be robbed
ain't no cash, cars or couture
keep the hound from scratching at my door

time won't give way
we all have our day
don't matter all the books I read
or what kind of life I led

one day I'll
one day
one day I'll
one day

no time won't relent
after all the money is spent
there's still the cold logic of the clock
countdown til them boney fingers knock

time won't back down
there ain't no wiggling out
I asked the angel & the angel said
the hungry ancient mouth always gets fed

one day I'll
one day
one day I'll
one day
Track Name: Superhero Movie
aint gonna be no billionaire
in a rocket suit
come to save the day

aint gonna be no president
with a potty mouth
scaring us straight

ain't gonna be no hip hop star
with a fancy car
fixing the economy

ain't gonna be no journalist
with a bone to pick
changing everything

take a good look around
we're the only ones here now
I can't say that I know how
but we can't let 'em keep us down

ain't gonna be no judgement day
when the wicked burn
or change their ways

ain't no end to history
no paradise no
easy solutions

take a good look around
we're the only ones here now
I can't say that I know how
but we can't let 'em keep us down

who said that
we should be
the change we
want to see
honestly
I don't know
what that means
but I want
more than just
getting
by

take a good look around
we're the only ones here now
I can't say that I know how
but we can't let 'em keep us down
Track Name: G / B / L / M
behind the mind
of the economy
there's a burning eye
always eyeing me

great big lying mouth
great big lying mouth

big mouth grinning
like a bad romance
in a colosseum
of sycophants

great big lying mouth
great big lying mouth

smartphone autocrat
fail to the thief
smartass big mouth
commander in grief

great big lying mouth
great big lying mouth

great big lying mouth

disrupt & plunder
pull it all apart
pretty for the tv
sticky sickly heart

great big lying mouth
great big lying mouth

great big lying mouth

tossing & turning
in such times as these
big mouth opens up
screams away my dreams

great big lying mouth
Track Name: The Art Of The Steal
here comes that invisible bloody hand
junking up your life, chewing up your plans
with its winning grin of icepicks & razors
handsome devil always on his worst behaviour

say a little prayer to the economy
sharpening its nails with its killer credit history
like god its everywhere you want to be
just skim the terms of service & click I agree

ghost money haunts you like a payday loan
& the President's eyeballing that little red phone
while a billionaire rapper chants watch the throne
& the rest of us work our bodies to the bone

& the social network dealing bad advice
weighing your biography with hungry eyes
none of this is as fun as was advertised
when the bill comes due we're in for a big surprise

it's the art of the steal
at the heart of the deal

third time this week you woke with a headache
& your weary soul feels like it used up all its sick days
if you had a moment to think you'd feel the heartbreak
but no amount of surgery will make you love your own face

the tightwads on Wall Street are deciding our fate
the cheapskates in Congress are counting their take
it gets harder to tell between real news & the fake
& here comes that bloody hand again knocking at your gate

it's the art of the steal
at the heart of the deal
Track Name: Moneyweak
i dont want to have to sharpen my teeth this time
dont want to get used to the taste of ash
i don't want to misunderstand my own life
don't want to keep on poking at the gash

i aint gonna bloody my knees crawling from some sin
aint gonna kiss some pissant emperor's ring
i ain't gonna open my mouth for the hammer again
aint gonna enter my details into that thing

but I'm so tired
yeah so tired
of wearing the world
like a coat that doesn't fit

I'm so tired
yeah so tired
of crawling on the surface
of this spinning planet


I don't wanna spend my life swinging fists
don't wanna hold off living for some mythical payday
I don't wanna watch my burnt friends throwing fits
market targets on sale signalling mayday

& we're so tired
yeah so tired
of trying to memorize
all the things we'll soon forget

just so tired
yeah so tired
of protecting our faces
in case we take another hit

eyes, songs, dreams
money-weak,
thinner than milky light
fluttering from glass screens

night in our mouths,
commerce in our ears
empty algorithmic music
lives blistered by fear
Track Name: Little Fight
when the moth comes
& the bankers come
& the teenagers with guns

& the loan sharks
slinging credit cards
& the internet says
I should be having fun

& my days run
& my heart drums
& I might be coming undone

while the online stars
act like life ain't hard
after their photoshoots
are packed up & done

well there's fake news
& too much to do
& these ordinary blues

while I can still breathe
I think I need to see
what I might be
if I can make sense of me

I think might have a little fight left in me
Track Name: White Knight
you don't know
if they want you
because they
really want you
of if they
only want you
because they
know you want them to

you tell yourself
you don't want this power
but you don't know yourself
without this power
Track Name: Personalized Content
just let me bleed
if I need to bleed

you can't give me
what I won't receive

this nation keeps
what it needs to free

all underneath
its history

don't ignore me
I need to grieve

I've been reaching
for some relief

bury this seed
hope for a tree

tastes like defeat
just let it be

I see us come apart at the seams and
I know a country's just an agreement
and what are we supposed to be then
without each other to believe in


then shall we weep
for what we've seen

sharpen our teeth
breathe gasoline

now we're in deep
& unredeemed

I don't believe
heal thou my unbelief

I see us come apart at the seams and
I know a country's just an agreement
and what are we supposed to be then
without each other to believe in
Track Name: If You Say It
daydreams
decisions
I really need to be in your arms
past-due
doldrums
I really need to be in your arms

headlights
& sirens
I really need to be in your arms
smartphone
bear witness
I really need to be in your arms

ice hand
blood swimming
I really need to be in your arms
sifted through
this city
I really need to be in your arms

bad songs
& worse luck
I really need to be in your arms
night moves
& train stuck
I really need to be in your arms

don't say you're crazy
what does that even mean
tell me you love me
if you say it I'll believe

data mined
for my state of mind
I really need to be in your arms
anxious
on caffeine
I really need to be in your arms

left behind
by the last train
I really need to be in your arms
grey sky
winter rain
I really need to be in your arms

don't check your email
don't take that call
tell me about love
I'll believe it all

we'll make an interesting
life from what life brings
open hearts & strength of mind
build a love to weather time

don't say you're crazy
what does that even mean
tell me you love me
if you say it I'll believe

don't check your email
don't take that call
tell me about love
I'll believe it all
Track Name: Confluence
love i like
when, without a plan
we end up riding
on the same train

there are probably reasons;
probably there are algorithms,
systems we are in
that governs it all

when i see you
step on through
the sliding
doors from
the platform

i don't
care what
they are
Track Name: Little Blue Dot
i used to get so lost
jumbled turned around
i used to think the world
was a place that I moved through

you got the whole Earth
in your little phone
it knows where you are
& where you want to go

i got a photo of you
in my little phone
it glows like you do
like you always do

no matter where you stand
center of the universe
it builds itself around
your every little move

my country in your hand
you're the little blue dot
you light up the map
you little blue dot
it moves when you move
little blue dot
invite me to your world
little blue dot
little blue dot
little blue dot

I got my own world
held here in my hand
tell it where you are
that's where I want to go

I fell in love with you
& your face became my home
& now I point to you
no matter where I go

you know where I am
I'm the little blue dot
this could be our map
us little blue dots
I move when you move
little blue dot
come in to my world
little blue dot
little blue dot
little blue dot

love I wanna
share location
with you

do you wanna
share location
with me
Track Name: A Map Always Describes The Past
my face tells the story of what happened to my face
my heart is a map of suffering & grace

the present's just the way the past takes up space
my arms tell the tale of what I've embraced

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